Students at Glen Oaks Community College received an email early this week announcing the college is receiving additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education to ensure student learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Glen Oaks will award $288,341 in emergency grants to students through funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Students must be currently enrolled in the Winter 2021 semester and complete an application process.
“We are pleased that our students have this grant opportunity available to them during these challenging times,” said Tonya Howden, vice-president of student services. “The grant requires colleges to prioritize the funds for students with exceptional financial need. We are encouraging applicants to provide detailed information that supports financial hardships incurred resulting from the pandemic and we will review applications on a case-by-case basis. The college will also use information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. We hope this grant funding helps students as they continue their educational journey.”
Students must meet several criteria to be eligible for the grants. They must have a high school diploma or GED as high school students are not eligible. The grants may be used to cover expenses related to campus operations, including cost of course materials, technology, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare. The emergency grants are anticipated to be dispersed by the end of March and do not need to be repaid.
Students must apply for the grants prior to 4 p.m., Monday, Mar 1. Questions regarding eligibility of the emergency funds should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (269) 294-4260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.